How to Manage Comments

Managing comments plays an integral role in WordPress. It’s necessary to maintain comments to keep your site free of spam and ensure that all user’s comments are appropriate.

There are some situations where you might want to edit comments in bulk, edit the content of a comment, make comments as spam, and even enable or disable comments altogether.

This tutorial will highlight the basics of comment management so you can be in control of your site’s comments.

Managing Comments

In addition to be able to enable/disable comments, site owners are in control of the comments left on their site. Users on the blog who have Editor or Administrator rights will have the ability to manage comments. To manage comments, navigate to Comments within the Administration Panel.

Viewing Comments and Bulk Actions

Within the Comments screen, you’re presented with options pertaining to how you would like to view and manage comments. There are various bulk actions and filters available in drop down menus that can be applied to help you effectively manage your comments.

In addition, there’s a search bar and a Check for Spam button available for added functionality. From this screen, you can also modify individual comments using the approve/unapprove, reply, edit, spam, or trash links.

This highlights all the tools you can use in the Comments page.

 Editing a Comment

  1. When viewing the Comments screen, you can edit individual comments and change the content within the comment by clicking the Edit link under the comment you wish to edit.
  2. Upon clicking the Edit link, you will be presented with the Edit Comment screen. Within this screen, you can change the Name, Email, and URL of the user who made the comment and change the content of the comment itself.

The Quick Edit link is also a viable option for editing comments. It presents roughly the same editing options that the Edit Comment screen would. However, the Quick Edit function doesn’t navigate away from the Comments screen. Instead, it populates the area where you select comments with a small, expandable window where you can quickly edit a user’s comment.

Unlike the Edit Comment screen, the Quick Edit window doesn’t show a user’s comment history, nor can a comment be approved, be changed to pending status, or be marked as spam within the Quick Edit window. You can view the Quick Edit window below:

This image highlights the functions within the Quick Edit window.

How to Enable/Disable Comments

By default, comments are allowed on every new page and post within WordPress unless an administrator dictates otherwise. An administrator can change the comment defaults for new pages or posts by navigating to Settings > Discussion within the Administration Panel.

This shows the Discussion menu item withing the administration panel.It’s important to note that you can also enable/disable comments for posts and pages that you’ve already created.

  1. Simply locate the page or post you would like to edit using Pages or posts on your site’s Administration Panel.
  2. Click on its title or Edit.
  3. Once you are viewing the page or post edit screen, and either check or uncheck the options it offers within the Discussion module at the bottom of the screen:

The discussion module that appears at the bottom of a post or page.

(Note that the Discussion module could be hidden. To enable the Discussion module, navigate to Screen Options in the upper-right corner and make sure Discussion is checked.)

Enable/Disable Comments in Bulk

There is no way to enable/disable comments for all published posts or pages at once. However, there is the option to bulk edit many posts or pages at a time. Below is are instructions for how to enable/disable comments for posts in bulk. It should be noted that instructions for bulk editing pages is exactly the same as bulk editing for posts. Simply select Pages in the dashboard instead of Posts, then follow the instructions accordingly.

  1. Go to the Posts > All Posts screen in your Administration Panels.
  2. Select the posts you would like to edit or check the box next to “Title” column at the top to select all posts on that page.
  3. Select Edit from the Bulk Actions drop down menu.
  4. Click the Apply button.
  5. Change the options for Comments and Pings to Allow or Do not allow.
  6. Click the Update button.

Discussion Settings

Changing your Discussion settings can make managing comments much easier.

There are many more options in the Discussion settings. Please refer to the Support page regarding Discussion Settings for more information on these features.


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